First Overclocker's Mainboard from ASRock James White September 4, 2012 Press Release 1 Comment 2 Flares 2 Flares × The current motherboard market is one of the more over-saturated PC market areas. Every company tends to have 3 base models, 2 special editions, 2 microATX, and then double all that for AMD with every generation. The question becomes how do you get an individual motherboard to stand out? ASRock Z77 OC Formula decided to try pure sexy. There is a lot more to the ASRock Z77 OC Formula than being visually appealing, and I am not just saying that because I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. This motherboard's feature set was custom designed with one of the world's premier overclockers, Nick Shih. First is the Formula Power Kit. It's a customer designed 12 + 4 power delivery system with digital PWM, dual-stack MOSFET, CHIL 8328 silicon, and specially selected caps to reduce power loss by 70%. Even if you don't overclock the OC Formula, it should be one of the most power efficient motherboards on the market. Next is the Formula Cooling Kit and Connector Kit for the Z77 OC Formula. The Cooling Kit consists of a tube of Gelid GC-Extreme thermal compound, 8 layer PCB, and a hybrid air/water cooling system to keep temperatures under control. This goes for high and extremely low temperatures with LN2 overclocking. The Connector Kit is the a set of carefully selected materials and design of every connector on the board to ensure clean power delivery. I could go on and on about the features of the ASRock Z77 OC Formula such as the customer OC profile designed by Nick Shih. I didn't even cover the features you get from ASRock such as all the XFast features, UEFI BIOS, and AXTU (renamed Formula Drive). The ASRock OC Formula should be a top pick of any overclockers in the market for a new motherboard. And Steelers fans will love it too. Full Press Release » BORN TO BE FAST! ASRock Reveals Its First OC-Oriented Mainboard : Z77 OC Formula August 17, 2012 – Global top 3 motherboard manufacturer, ASRock Inc., today excited to release its first OC-oriented mobo gear named Z77 OC Formula. Exclusively designed by the world’s OC legacy performer, Nick Shih, this board aims at the enthusiast end of the market, is full to the brim with features. This celebrity board opens up overclocking possibilities and delivers control opportunities in every way, featuring the most detailed and considerate design of any overclocking motherboard. Commenting on the news release, James Lee, V.P. of ASRock Sales and Marketing, is with confidence. “ASRock OC Formula was born for rewriting the overclocking numbers! Z77 OC Formula is the first baby from ASRock OC segment. We've thrown in everything essential, ensuring users to build up an unbeatable rig.” “My vision for the OC Formula Brand is to allow overclockers to smash the overclocking limits effortlessly.” said Nick Shih, OC Mater of ASRock. “Z77 OC Formula is just the one you've always expected. I live for challenges and welcome OC rockers to take my OC crown!” What’s the essence of overclocking? Hardware components are incredibly the most important. ASRock OC Formula is a brand that contains the very highest performing boards with a view to getting the highest results in overclocking. There're plenty of attractive sweeteners to make the newborn Z77 OC Formula a more enticing upgrade. ASRock 3 Formula Kits To Formulize The OC World Z77 OC Formula has a CEB format, making it a rather large board, replete with 3 different useful kits that are ready for extreme overclocking. Formula Power Kit An overclockable motherboard relies on the stable current delivery. Formula Power Kit consists of 5 different enhanced solutions, delivering efficient power supply over the board. Equipped with CHIL 8328 silicon, ASRock Digi Power features a digital PWM, providing CPU Vcore voltage more smoothly. Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) gives larger die area with lower Rds(On), so the power supply for CPU Vcore is improved too. Compared to iron powder choke, the new Premium Alloy Choke (PAC) highlights a special alloy formula which is able to reduce up to 70% core loss. Multiple Filter Cap (MFC) includes a combination of highly conductive MLCC, DIP caps and POSCAP, helping the system filter noise from high-freq, mid-freq to low-freq, delivering enhanced and higher current to the CPU. A hefty 12 + 4 Power Phase Design features sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery as well. Formula Cooling Kit Nice cooling can unleash the overclocking capabilities. Formula Cooling Kit keeps mobo having good breaths when overclocking heavily. Twin-Power Cooling combines active air cooling with water cooling which maximizes the system's convection to expel hot air out. Built on an 8-layer-PCB design, ASRock Z77 OC Formula comes with 4 sets of two once copper inner layers, delivering lower temperature and higher energy efficiency for overclocking. ASRock/GELID partnership provides an exclusive GELID GC-Extreme Thermal Compound as the free gift. ASRock/GELID applicator can even make the compound non-freezing even at low temperatures when doing LN2 extreme overclocking. Formula Connector Kit Extra overclocking goodies extend to the onboard connectors. Formula Connect Kit only adopts the carefully selected materials to facilitate overclocking. Featuring a solid square-pin design, ASRock Hi-Density Power Connector supplies current to the power more efficiently and achieves better electric conduction. Overall, it reduces 23% power loss and decreases connector temperature up to 22℃. CPU sockets and DRAM slots are mounted with 15μ Gold Finger. With the unprecedented 15μ gold-inside design, overclocking the CPU and memory is easier than ever. Apart from the features above-mentioned, there're some overclocking credentials on board as well. Rapid OC button ensures serious OC enthusiasts to get the highest level of overclocking performance by manually raising and lowering the CPU ratio, BCLK frequency and CPU Vcore voltage. For those who constantly need to remove then insert cards back into the PCIe slots and fear of damaging them, PCIe ON/OFF is three switches to enable or disable the PCIe slots in a flick of your finger. V-Probe allows overclockers to easily and quickly get the accurate voltage readings via the multitester. NEW UEFI GEARS As important as hardware components are, an enthusiast's board lives or dies by the quality of its overclocking options in the BIOS, and how easy they are to use. ASRock Z77 OC Formula comes with a good set of overclocking settings in the UEFI, making it an attractive proposition as well. NickShih’s OC Profile provides a taste of Nick's secret recipe for overclocking. It will automatically detect your CPU and offer you different levels of overclocking. Fine-Tuning V-Controller delivers more than enough voltage configuration options for overclockers who wish to pursuit extremes. Timing Configurator is a fast and easy tool that provides users with an abundant collection of subtle DRAM settings for professional tweaking. ASRock Interactive UEFI is a blend of system configuration tools, cool sound effects and stunning visuals, providing a more attractive interface and a lot more amusing. Multi-Thermal Sensor allows users to track and control the temperature of various parts of the motherboard graphically in both UEFI setup and Formula Drive. ASRock’s signature AXTU was renamed to Formula Drive with a new dress. It is an all-in-one software to fine-tune different features, which includes Hardware Monitor, FAN-Tastic Tuning, Overclocking, OC DNA, IES, XFast RAM and Multi-Thermal Sensor. Special mention here is the innovative FAN-Tastic Tuning. It offers the flexibility to adjust the fan speed relative to the system temperature. ASRock Z77 OC Formula redefines the modern day overclocking experience with expert hardware options and superior software tunings. ASRock OC Formula Brand represents the highest level of overclocking, offering the most desirable specifications and delivering the peak performance of PC. Don’t miss out Z77 OC Formula; you’d have to be crazy not to get one! Eric Garay It's hard to measure efficiency on motherboards these days. There are at least 50 BIOS settings that effect the results. About the only thing we can do is set the BIOS to optimal defaults and/or install any special efficiency software, then measure. Overclocking motherboards are rarely tuned for efficiency which is why they often consume about 10 to 20 more watts. However, it's nice when the components are so efficient they generate very little heat. Going to have to use a thermal camera for that.